02-04-2014, 09:51 AM
(This post was last modified: 02-04-2014, 09:55 AM by mlsmith45.)
Hi I just joined the forum. I was diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea 4 years ago. My sleep doctor recommended I get an oral appliance rather than CPAP. I was sent to a specialist dentist who outfitted my with a somnomed appliance.
After fiddling around with the settings, I got it working pretty well. It has broken about once a year. The first year was on warranty, then I was charged about $40-50 for it to be repaired. It has always come back in good shape. The latest time was two months ago. This time it has been returned not fitting quite as well. The dentist tried making some adjustments with his dentist dremmel tool. But now I have to ram my jaw to one side to make it fit properly, and can't open it enough to be effective. I haven't been sleeping very well for the past few months, and I'm not sure what to do. It cost me $2500 to get it originally, and insurance (public or private) didn't cover it. I can't afford to get a new one, but I have to do something.
I wondering if there are any other people on here with experience with oral appliances. I'd love to exchange our stories and information.
WELCOME! to the forum.!
I don't have any experience with an oral appliance.
Hang in there for suggestions andbest of luck to you.
I had a dental appliance and it worked for a while but then cause terrible pain in my jaw. Now 20 years later I'm on CPAP and like it.
Maybe since you are having difficulties with your dental device you could get a new sleep study and a CPAP.
I'm thinking about doing a new sleep study and see what it shows compared to my old ones. I haven't given up completely on the oral appliance yet.
I'm under the impression that CPAP can be a little annoying to use.